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Tom Sefton
2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:57:52 am

Just looking to buy another machine for some basic office stuff and occasional field editing. This will either be the new MacBook or the upcoming MacBook Pro. Seeing as the current MacBook uses USB-c, and this will likely make an appearance on the new MacBook Pro, can anyone confirm its compatibility with thunderbolt 2? We've invested in a big way in thunderbolt 2 peripherals - Apple monitors, RAIDs, expansion boards like the sonnet, and LTO tape machines. If there is no way these can connect via USB-c, then we have a big issue for all our workflows....

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Craig Seeman
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:00:19 pm

MacBook USB-C is not Thunderbolt compatible. I don't doubt when new MBPs are announced they will be Thunderbolt 3 compatible. I haven't seen rumors that pin that to a real date although I wouldn't be surprised if we see them by November give or take depending on what vintage CPU they use.



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Steve Connor
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:34:45 pm

[Craig Seeman] "on what vintage CPU they use."

Burn baby, burn!


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 2:54:46 pm

The MacBook is USB-C, not Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt 3 to TB2 adapters do exist today, if a new MBP comes out with TB3.


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Tom Sefton
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 5:14:01 pm

Ok, so as long as apple doesn't mess around with the USB-c connector in the pro range, all our peripherals will be ok!

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http://www.pollenstudio.co.uk


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 5:16:53 pm

[Tom Sefton] "Ok, so as long as apple doesn't mess around with the USB-c connector in the pro range, all our peripherals will be ok!"

If they do, you'll have to adapt the adaptor! :)

I think all TB3 has the same connection (which is the same as USB-C).


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Craig Seeman
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 7:13:37 pm

[Jeremy Garchow] "Thunderbolt 3 to TB2 adapters do exist today, if a new MBP comes out with TB3."

TB2 to TB3 at a modest $73 for each.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1222837-REG/startech_tbt3tbtadap_thu...



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 16, 2016 at 7:17:48 pm

Good thing TB can be daisy chained! :)


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Nicholas Zimmerman
Re: 2016 MacBook / Pro
on Sep 24, 2016 at 6:09:26 pm

Intel was showing off Thunderbolt 3 at SIGGRAPH last year running on a USB-C connection. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Apple put 2-4 USB-C/TB3 ports and nothing else on it. It seems like they could have included TB3 on the Macbook, but chose not to just because it's not the type of machine that needs a premium connection of that sort.

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